Redcar and Cleveland Council has a statutory duty to carry out a periodic review and assessment of air quality, reporting our findings in an Annual Status Report (ASR).
The government sets out health-based 'objective' levels relating to common pollutants, these levels have consistently been achieved across the borough. Therefore we have no requirement to declare any Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA) where air quality is poor.
Air pollution and health effects
Poor air quality is a significant public health concern, especially for the young, the elderly and people with existing respiratory and heart conditions. Health reports can be viewed on the gov.uk website
Sources of pollution and measures to tackle these
Pollutants in the air we breathe come from many different sources including vehicles, industry, heating systems and natural sources. Some pollutants, such as those caused by diesel fumes, have no known safe limits. So our approach to improving air quality is to reduce emissions as far as is possible and practicable.
Air quality monitoring
Air quality monitoring is undertaken at a static site in Redcar where concentrations of nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, ozone and particulates are measured on a minute-by-minute basis, and compared with health-based standards. The dedicated air quality website
provides specific data about air quality in the borough.
Nitrogen dioxide monitoring is additionally carried out at various sample sites across the borough since 2014 using diffusion tubes. Local data can be seen within our Annual Status report below. Air Quality Report.pdf
Further information on air pollution, it's sources, impacts and actions we can take to reduce our own input can be found on the Clean Air Hub using the following link. https://www.cleanairhub.org.uk/